A new trio of campaign ads from President Barack Obama’s reelection team is doubling down on criticism of Mitt Romneyâ€™s Bain Capital tenure, arguing the presumptive GOP nominee would serve as an “outsourcer in chief” if he won election.
The new ads respond to MittÂ Romney’s own series of swing state ads, in which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee promises to create jobs and stand up to China, accoding to CBS News.
The 30-second ads, set to air in Iowa, Virginia and Ohio, continue attacks on Romney over a story last week inÂ Washington Post that described his former private equity firm as having underwritten some of the “pioneers” of outsourcing.
RBR writes that the adâ€™s premise pulls from a Washington Post story on 6/22 that claims Romneyâ€™s former private equity firm, Bain Capital, owned companies that were â€śpioneersâ€ť in outsourcing, particularly in low-wage countries such as China and India.
In the ad for the state of Virginia, a narrator caps off the 30-second spot by asking, “Does Virginia really want an Outsourcer-in-Chief in the White House?”
Similar ads are running in the swing states ofÂ IowaÂ andÂ Ohio. At the end of the Ohio ad, the narrator says, “Romney’s never stood up to China. All he’s ever done is send them our jobs.”
â€śTheÂ Washington PostÂ has just revealed that Romneyâ€™s companies were pioneers in shipping U.S. jobs overseas, investing in firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India,â€ť says the narrator in the ads, according to The Hill.
The Romney campaign responded to the president’s attacks, saying that theÂ PostÂ article confuses outsourcing â€” where companies hire other companies to perform tasks usually done in-house â€” with offshoring, where jobs are sent overseas.
But President Obama twice mocked that defense during campaign stops Monday.
“They tried to clear this up by telling us there’s actually a difference between ‘outsourcing’ and ‘off-shoring,'” Barack Obama said at the Massachusetts campaign event, eliciting laughter from his supporters. “That’s what they said. You cannot make this stuff up.”
The president added: “Now, what Governor Romney and his advisers don’t seem to understand is this: If you’re a worker whose job went overseas, you don’t need somebody trying to explain to you the difference between outsourcing and offshoring.”
“You need somebody who’s going to wake up every single day and fight for American jobs and investment here in the United States… Governor Romney’s commitment to outsourcing is not just part of his record, it’s part of an overall economic vision that he and Republicans in Congress want to implement if they win this election,” president Obama said.
In response Romney advisers accused the president of attempting to distract from his own economic record, and maintained the attacks are an unfair characterization of the companies’ work during Romney’s tenure at Bain.
â€śThis is a fundamentally flawed story that does not differentiate between domestic outsourcing versus offshoring nor versus work done overseas to support U.S. exports. Mitt Romney spent 25 years in the real-world economy so he understands why jobs come and they go,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.
President Obama’s remarks came a day after Ronmey adviser Eric FerhnstromÂ appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” to explain the differenceÂ between “offshoring” and “outsourcing.”
“There’s a very simple difference between outsourcing and offshoring,” Ferhnstrom said. “Outsourcing is what the Obama campaign does when they hire an outside telemarketing vendor to provide telemarketing services… Offshoring is the shipment of American jobs overseas and in that Washington Post story… there are no examples of jobs being taken from the United States and shipped overseas. What you have are companies that are expanding into new markets. We should be encouraging that not attacking it.”
Ferhnstrom said: “The jobs that were cited by the Washington Post and which the Obama administration is now attacking were created to support exports overseas. When companies like Coca-Cola, for example, build a bottling plant in China so they can sell more soft drinks to the Chinese, we should be applauding that, because that type of entrance into new markets is what makes our companies stronger, more profitable, and more successful.”
Mitt Romney will campaign in Virginia on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Vice President Biden will spend those two days on a bus tour through Iowa. President Barack Obama is fundraising in Atlanta and Miami on Tuesday.